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Correction: A Double-Edged Sword

  • Brandon Daniel-Hughes
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on hypothesis correction. After examining Peirce ’s first rule of reason , it argues that, since inquiry is ubiquitous (Chap.  1) , the rule has surprising implications. Since all activities are experimental, the scientific pursuit of corrective feedback has important analogues in less controlled forms of inquiry. In “vital matters,” the very feedback potential that science seeks to exploit looms as a threatening specter. Section 2.2 analyzes different forms of inquisitive engagement along a continuum of risk. Section 2.3 argues for self-control and existential risk as important variables. Considering these together yields four strategies for maximally exploiting corrective feedback while protecting communities of inquiry. Section 2.4 explores the continuum of experimental self-control and entertains the possibility of both minimally and maximally controlled ethical and religious experiments, while examining the dangers of rash experimentation in vital matters, not only to the experimenters but to the continuation of inquiry. At the heart of Peirce’s recommendation of conservative caution is a deep concern for the progressive project of sustaining a flourishing community of inquiry. Thus, it is often reasonable to defer to tradition and instinct. This conservative commendation has interesting implications for religious communities.

Keywords

Feedback potential Vital matters Experimentation Self-control Risk Correction 

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  • Brandon Daniel-Hughes
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  1. 1.John Abbott CollegeSainte-Anne-De-BellevueCanada

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